Q: I have a 16 yr old granddaughter whom was living with her mother in GA. Her mom kicked her out and sent her to her fathe
To NJ. Granddaughter wants to live with father. Mother refused to send docs to father. As her maternal grandmother can I ask the court for a law guardian for my Granddaughter. Father can't get birth certificate, his name isn't on it. My daughter wants her daughter to live hard. Job corps is not for a straight A student. With covid my Granddaughter had to stay home alone while my daughter worked. I want my Granddaughter to have a chance at college going to job corps does not afford that. My husband have been taking care of her since 6 months old on and off. We can take her and provide a proper education and a decent place to live. What can I do? Mother in Georgia and Father in Paterson. My Granddaughter deserves a chance! Thank you for your consideration.
A: Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you and your granddaughter have to go through this stressful time.
The most direct answer is you can file a grandparents rights application and request formal custody of your granddaughter. Then the court can order your daughter to turn over the proper documents. You may also want to establish that you and your husband are psychological parents.
Her father could also file an application to determine paternity so that he can be added to the birth certificate, and receive a formal order granting him physical custody.
The best way to have your unique situation evaluated and receive legal advice is to schedule a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney so that you can discuss all of your options and make an informed decision as to how to move forward.
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